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Nader Sadek - In The Flesh
26.08.2011 | Death
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This is about as thick, crude, and altogether awesome as its subject matter: oil. Easily one of the better death metal albums of the year.

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wormdrink414
!J.O.O.E.!, Daniell, DerRozzengarten, Doc Godin, Ag Fox, Troy Gallant, White Winter Sun, Mr. Doctor
Leprous - Bilateral
22.08.2011 | Progressive Metal

A highly anticipated release from this up-and-coming Norwegian outfit, Leprous has exceeded almost insurmountable expectations. Their previous effort, Tall Poppy Syndrome, was thoroughly enjoyable but somewhat derivative (...Opeth). The off-beat brilliance hinted at before is fully realized and really shines with the dynamics of beautiful production. As the touring band for Ihsahn recently, it is appropriate that the man himself would make an appearance to add to the intensity of it all. Soaring vocals, great atmospheres, and techie musicianship make this a recommendation for fans of Arcturus, Devin Townsend and Shaolin Death Squad. (And Opeth... duh.)

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Introspekrieg
Ag Fox, BloodTears, Fat & Sassy!, Dane Train, Ivor, Darkside Momo, wormdrink414
Sacred Ally - Reality Hammer
22.08.2011 | Thrash/Prog
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Here's something that doesn't suck for you; a nice little prog-thrash hybrid cram-packed with awesome riffs. Don't like prog? Neither do I. Somehow, this just works, though.

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Doc Godin
MoraWintersoul, Mr. Doctor
Abruptum - Potestates Apocalypsis
17.08.2011 | Blackened Ambient Noise

Hell. Rich, noisy pulsating soundscapes, surprisingly restrained and varied with distant chants and hopeless patriotic songs, pounding drum beats like bomb blasts caught in time and inaudible chatter over broken radio static. Paints a picture of an old war; those constant drones the sound of fighter planes with nowhere to go. It's its own visual pallet - just close your eyes. Not a single element of metal here though aside from the sound of scraping iron. Just instinctive nothingness, death.
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DerRozzengarten, Mr. Doctor
Hail!Hornet - Disperse The Curse
09.08.2011 | Sludge

Life getting a bit pretentious for you? Eat a bag of pine cones and crank up Disperse The Curse.

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BloodTears
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
08.08.2011 | Brutal/symphonic death metal

It's pretty simple: If you like Fleshgod Apocalypse, you'll love Agony. Hop to it, bitches.

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Troy Gallant
Baz Anderson, Ag Fox, Darkside Momo, Nefarious
Shai Hulud - Misanthropy Pure
05.08.2011 | Hardcore
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HxC recommendations for metalheads #3: Everyone report to the mosh pit! There's a hard-hitting hardcore party going on that will raise the roof. Can I get a woop woop?
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!J.O.O.E.!, Mr. Doctor
Chthonic - Takasago Army
03.08.2011 | Melodic Black/Folk Metal

Having never heard any of this Taiwanese band's previous releases, I kinda figured that the oriental folk elements of the album were going to be obnoxiously forced into the music. But alas, these elements are tastefully blended in with the metal on this album and make for yet another solid release this year that will probably swoop under everyone's radar. Anyone interested in melodic black metal or folk metal should definitely check this puppy out.

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Fat & Sassy!
Introspekrieg, Ag Fox, DerRozzengarten, Promonex, wormdrink414, ScreamingSteelUS
SSS - Problems To The Answer
01.08.2011 | Crossover

This album provides the kind of meal I like. It's got fruit bowls full of hardcore candy with a few plates of meat n potatah thrash. Consider SSS's sense of humor the pitcher of beer on the side.

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BitterCOld, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor
Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
29.07.2011 | Hardcore/Grindcore/Crust Punk

Here's something totally awesome for you. MOAR GRIME.

Seriously, this frantic hardcore/grindcore crust-punk album is a shit-stomping fantasy. Includes bonus Entombed-like production values!
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Doc Godin
Thryce, Marcel Hubregtse, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414, White Winter Sun

HxC recommendations for metalheads #2: this is what metallic hardcore (aka "real" metalcore) is all about. Some will say this blast of an album will knock your brains out, others will call it porn for the blind. Enough reason you ought to check this one out.
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Thryce
Wino - Punctuated Equilibrium
25.07.2011 | Stonerish Hard Rock/Doom

2009 was awesome. Everyone knows it. No need for reminders. But you really do need to be reminded that this too came out in that holiest of years. And it has Wino and Jean-Paul Gaster. Working together. Making sweet, sweet music. And it kills.
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Dane Train
Trapped Under Ice - Secrets Of The World
22.07.2011 | Hardcore

HxC recommendations for metalheads #1: prolly one of the BEST hardcore releases of the past decade! Telling you, TUI are the current dominators in the genre. Not even kidding around this time.
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Doc Godin
Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command
19.07.2011 | THRASH.
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Makes an ideal soundtrack for any or all of the following:
A) Thrashing the fuck out.
B) Breaking things.
C) Ruining people's shit.
D) Being an all-around beast.

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Doc Godin
Fat & Sassy!, wormdrink414, BitterCOld, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, White Winter Sun
Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy
18.07.2011 | Progressive Power Metal

Need a quality melodic metal fix? Get this aptly titled album in your cd player right away and listen as Pagan's Mind puts to shame most recent releases in this genre. The band's high energy and immense skill has these beautiful harmonies and killer melodies under your skin in a hot second.

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Lyrinan
Ag Fox, Introspekrieg, GT, Fat & Sassy!, MoraWintersoul, Darkside Momo